51% Raw

I recently watched a documentary called Food Matters. It was alright. Not as great as Food Inc, but interesting enough. I won’t launch into a full review of the movie because…well… I’m just not that good at that kind of thing :-)
However, I’ll tell you what *I* learned from it, and how I am acting on it.

#1. Vitamins are good, mmk?
I sometimes kinda sorta every now and then take my vitamins. I’ve always had a very hard time swallowing pills, so I never got in a good habit of taking a one-a-day. I recently saw these gummy ones for sale and tried them. They are DELICIOUS. Its hard to just eat two! I bought refills today. They are expensive, but I found a coupon on their website!


I also grabbed some this green goodness :

It is a crazy blend of “superfoods” which boasts that one serving gives you the antioxidant equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables.

#2. 51% Raw
We all know that raw food (veggies/fruit, specifically) is far superior to cooked food in regards to their nutrients. But, if you’re like me, you don’t really think about it that much. Mom taught me how to cook my veggies and so that’s what I do with about 70% of them.
The documentary mentioned quickly that 51% of each meal should be raw foods. And it kind of stuck with me. I don’t know where that number really came from, or if it’s based on actual nutritional science… but I liked the sound of it. Why cook things when I don’t need to? I like raw veggies just as much as cooked ones… so there really isn’t a point in losing vitamins and nutrients unnecessarily.

I put this into practice immediately with my dinner. I was making shrimp, carrots, and mushrooms. So I cooked the shrimpies

(thai ginger marinade from Whole Foods!)

The mushrooms I simply washed and sliced


The carrots, I sliced thin, and drizzled with apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper.


All together now!

Shrimpies & raw

It was delicious, flavorful, and freakishly filling. I couldn’t even finish that plate.

For the record, No, Joel did NOT eat the same thing :-)
He had the shrimp, cooked honey glazed carrots, and a tomato with balsamic and bleu cheese.

Joel's plate

Sooo… yes, that’s about all I learned from the documentary. It had some interesting people talking about vitamins completely replacing pharmaceuticals. I’m somewhere in the middle on that debate, but it was alright. It did even get Joel wanting some vitamins, so I got him some too :-)

Tell Me!
Do you consider the raw vs. cooked debate when preparing your meals?

3 Responses to “51% Raw”

  1. Melissa

    I generally cook most of my dinner, including veggies, unless I’m eating a salad, but I do know that nutrients get cooked out. Just don’t really think about it much. Typically for dinner, I just want something cooked. Raw stuff is generally saved for lunches, for me. There aren’t a ton of veggies I like raw, and eating raw carrots or raw celery for dinner just sounds non-appealing. I don’t eat raw broccoli or cauliflower (sp?) or blech, mushrooms! So my raw dinner veggies would be so boring!

    • SweatyGirl

      I am the same way, I usually eat more raw for lunch and cook everything for dinner. But I think its a good idea for me to change that!
      I love tomato, cukes, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, non-green peppers :-), and onions raw. I’m gonna try to eat more of the other stuff raw, but I don’t think I’ll like it much… like zucchini, squash, mushrooms, snap peas, green beans, etc. But, its always worth a try, I guess!

  2. Lindsay

    I am in agreeance with you ladies on the raw veggies for lunch/snack and cooked for dinner.

    And can I just say that shrimp looks DELISH! It’s making me hungry for dinner at 10:00 in the A.M.!


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